First 40.7
Deep draft

The First 40.7 is a real cruiser-racer still capable of nice performance in regatta and comfortably accommodates her crew. The interior is simple, well equipped and offers a large volume with a headroom everywhere sufficient to stand. Practical aspects show that this sailboat is really thought to navigate: anti-roll canvas in the rear cabins, bar in front of the stove ... The deck layout is also as suitable for the race as for the cruise, the comfortable cockpit turns into trimming area once dismantled lockers.

Designed for the IMS and IRC First 40.7 has collected victories: Sidney-Hobart, Cowes Week ... she remains competitive today allowing her a good rating on the used market. Two types keel were available 1,90m in cast-iron and 2,40m in lead. Many options enable to make her more comfortable or efficient, as the tall mast with 3 set of spreader and a ROD standing rigging.

See the First 40.7's specifications on

Main Features

ModelFirst 40.7
VersionDeep draft
Sailboat typeCruising-racing monohull
DesignerBruce Farr
Building years (first/last)1997 / 2008
Number built≈550
PredecessorFirst 42S7
SuccessorFirst 40
CE regulationA-12 / B-12 / C-12
ConstructionFiberglass/polyester, monolithic hull, balsa sandwich deck
Appendage typeFin with bulb
Ballast typeLead
Rudder bladeSingle under hull rudder
RudderSingle helm wheel
Main dimensions
Length over all39.9 ft
Hull length39.1 ft
Waterline length34.8 ft
Beam over all12.4 ft
Draft7.9 ft
Mast height58.7 ft
Light displacement15366 lbs
Ballast5968 lbs
French customs tonnage15.54 Tx

Rig and sails

Rig typeFractional Sloop (9/10)
Rig materialMast and boom in Aluminum
Number of rows of spreader2
Spreader angle20.00 °
Spinnaker typeSymmetrical spinnaker
Upwind sailarea1021 ft²
Downwind sailarea1612 ft²
Mainsail area485 ft²
Genoa area537 ft²
Spinnaker area1127 ft²

PMainsail hoist measurement (from tack to head)

48.9 ft

EMainsail foot measurement (from tack to clew)

17.7 ft

IFore triangle height (from mast foot to fore stay attachement)

51.2 ft

JFore triangle base (from mast foot to bottom of forestay)

14.5 ft

LLGenoa hoist measurement (from tack to head)

51.8 ft

LPGenoa perpendicular measurement from clew to luff.

20.2 ft

SLSymmetrical spinnaker hoist measurement (from tack to head)

50.9 ft

SMWSymmetrical spinnaker width

26.0 ft


Ballast ratio38.8 %
Upwind sailarea / displacement146.5 ft²/Ton
Downwind sailarea / displacement231.2 ft²/Ton
HN (French rating)30.0

Auxiliary engine

Engine power1 x 40 hp
Fuel capacity36.5 gal
Fuel typeDiesel
Transmission typeSaildrive
Propeller typeTwo-blade folding propeller


Number of cabin3
Number of berth (max./min.)8 / 6
Number of shower room1
Fresh water capacity71.9 gal
Fridge/cooler capacity23.8 gal
Headroom kitchen6.4 ft
Headroom shower room5.9 ft
Headroom6.4 ft
Chart table dimensions2.6 x 1.9 ft
Length of berth6.1 ft
Fore cabin
Headroom6.2 ft
Length of berth7.2 ft
Width of berth*5.2 ft
Aft cabin
Headroom6.1 ft
Length of berth6.6 ft
Width of berth*4.9 ft
*Maximal width : at head

Based on specification2008

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